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Please click on the links below for more information. You might also like to visit the Burntisland Heritage Trust
Commemoration Panel page, where you will find additional names. And Wikipedia has a People from Burntisland page.

 

Bald, William (c1788-1857)     Pioneering cartographer, surveyor and civil engineer; significant contributor to the infrastructure of Ireland.

Chalmers, Thomas (1780-1847)     Founder of the Free Church of Scotland.

Danskin, David (1863-1948)     Founder of Arsenal Football Club.

Dick, William (1793-1866)     Founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Forbes, George Hay (1821-75)     Episcopal priest, distinguished scholar and publisher.

Mitchell, James Lothian (1863-1908)     Notable local politician and headmaster. Contents:
          Part 1 (1863-1902) - Setting the Scene: The Early Years (includes photos of Burntisland School staff)
          
Part 2 (1903-06) - Battles with the Railway Company and the Sacking of the Headmaster
          
Part 3 (1904-07) - The Fight for the Public Library and the Visit of Andrew Carnegie (includes photo of the Brass Band)
          
Part 4 (1907-08) - The Purchase of Rossend Estate and the End of an Era (includes photos of the Volunteer Artillery)

Pitcairn, Robert (1752-1770)     Discoverer of Pitcairn Island. (Also includes information on his father, John Pitcairn (1722-75), citizen of Burntisland and war hero.)

Sargent, Anneila     Distinguished astronomer of the present day.

Somerville, Mary (1780-1872)     Pioneering mathematician and astronomer.

Sweet, Darrell (1947-99)     Rock musician. (This external link will take you to Darrell Sweet's Wikipedia page.)

Young, Andrew (1854-1925)     Early photographer, and artist and historian.

Young family (Grange, Colinswell)     Distillers and farmers; local benefactors.

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